Joké & Friends | A Chishuru pop-up in Borough Market
Adejoké ‘Joké’ Bakare is at The Globe.
That’s not to say she’s made a 180° career change and is about to embark on an epic run at Shakespeare’s theatre. The chef behind the critically acclaimed Chishuru is going to be at the other Globe – you know, the Globe Tavern, the pub in Borough Market, for a two-month residency dubbed ‘Joké & Friends’.
If you haven’t been versed in Chishuru yet, it was one of Brixton’s best restaurants – that blew everyone away with terrific West African dishes – until it closed last year. The great news is that she’s found a new home already (Fitzrovia), the not-so-great news is that it still won’t open for a while (hopefully towards in the end of summer) and the other piece of great news is that she’s found a temporary home (here at the Globe Tavern, from May 9th – July 1st) to pass the time and fill the void until then.
About her temporary home: it’s a ‘traditional British Tavern’ set over two floors that specialises in ales and lagers, and soon enough… truly top-tier food drawn from the Nigerian heritage of one of the city’s most promising chefs. Her menu – presented as a three-course set, including dessert – will see to sinasir (rice and coconut pancakes with a summer squash puree); Ababca Mmiri (which is an intriguing combination of cassava and hand-dived Scottish scallops with a coconut dressing); chilli crab served with steamed abloh (abloh being fermented corn and rice); and Brik pastries filled with Wookey Hole cheese & herbs. If you fancied a drink to go with this meal, then your options will be cocktails, soft drinks and wines, mostly taken from independent French producers.
And while Bakare will undoubtedly be the star of the show and this is her event, she won’t be doing it completely on her own. She’ll be inviting a few friends in to lend her a helping hand, so expect Malaysian chef Guan Chua (runner of Nyonya Supper Club); Anna Higham (once of Lyle’s); Chloe-Rose Crabtree (of Honey Pie Baking); and Sirichai Kularbwong (of lionised Leytonstone Thai spot, Singburi) to all dip in for collaborations.
A globetrotting line up…
NOTE: Joké & Friends will be at the Globe Tavern from May 9th – July 31st. Dinner is priced at £45 and lunch £35 – you can book HERE. To follow the build-up to Chishuru’s eventual opening, follow the team on Instagram.
The Globe Tavern | 8 Bedale Street, London SE1 9AL
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